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Josh Moyer ESPN Staff Writer 

Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald opens Big Ten media days by offering thoughts and prayers for the friends and families of Nebraska punter Sam Foltz and former Michigan State punter Mike Sadler, who died in a car crash over the weekend. "It's with a heavy heart and great sadness that I kick off here this morning," he said.

Austin Ward ESPN Staff Writer 

Rutgers defensive tackle and huge One Direction fan Darius Hamilton makes a plea for the band to get back together -- and talks about his new go-to music choice.

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Andrea Adelson ESPN Staff Writer 

Pitt coach Pat Narduzzi expects James Conner to be full go when fall practice opens Aug. 8. Conner, a cancer survivor, will be fitted with a GPS device to monitor his practice pace and movements to give the staff a better idea about how he is doing during each practice. "We have to slow him down," Narduzzi said. "He won't slow himself down. We just have to monitor him a little bit, make sure we don't wear him out. We have to be smart. You let him go out there for a two-a-day, but you don't have him out there every snap."

Brian Bennett ESPN Staff Writer 

Big Ten announces preseason players to watch. East Division: Ohio State's J.T. Barrett and Raekwon McMillan, Michigan's Jabrill Peppers, Michigan State's Malik McDowell and Penn State's Saquon Barkley. West: Iowa's C.J. Beathard and Desmond King, Northwestern's Justin Jackson and Anthony Walker and Wisconsin's Corey Clement.

Austin Ward ESPN Staff Writer 

With Big Ten media days kicking off in Chicago, the league has announced its preseason honors list. Ohio State QB J.T. Barrett is the headliner, but there is no shortage of star power returning to the conference this fall.

David M. Hale ESPN Staff Writer 

David Cutcliffe says this year's linebacking corps is the most talented of any group since he's been at Duke. He raved about sophomore MLB Ben Humphreys, saying he's got a shot to be an All-ACC player in 2016.

Brian Bennett ESPN Staff Writer 

Happy start of Big Ten media days. Coaches will talk in this room in a few hours

Tessitore: Foltz, Sadler were 'special in every way'

Joe Tessitore shares his memories of Nebraska punter Sam Foltz and former Michigan State punter Mike Sadler, both of whom were killed Saturday in a car accident.

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Ekakitie: I am thankful to be alive

In a case of mistaken identity, police stop Iowa DL Faith Ekakitie at gunpoint while he was playing Pokemon Go. Ekakitie describes incident

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Mitch Sherman ESPN Staff Writer 

These were the heartfelt opening comments of Nebraska coach Mike Riley to the media here in Lincoln tonight as he mourned Sam Foltz with the Nebraska football team: ""We are in one of those moments that you never, ever just want to think about having to go through. The whole state of Nebraska and the university and, of course, all the student-athletes and our team and our staff, everybody feels this way. You talk about broken-hearted, it's all there, all the parts, and this day will be stuck in time forever -- the news that you just can't connect or comprehend or understand."

Mitch Sherman ESPN Staff Writer 

Nebraska coach Mike Riley, remembering Sam Foltz: "I don't think I'll get this exactly right, but I think his introduction on the scoreboard before the game, where they introduce the starters: Sam Foltz, Small Town, USA -- Greeley, Nebraska. That's him. He's proud. He was really proud of it. He was really proud of being a Nebraska football player."

Mitch Sherman ESPN Staff Writer 

Visitors were silently paying tribute to Sam Foltz outside Memorial Stadium Sunday night as Nebraska coach Mike Riley finished a brief session with the media.

Mitch Sherman ESPN Staff Writer 

Mike Riley said QB Tommy Armstrong Jr. addressed the team in its meeting tonight. The coach said he "just wanted to see (the players) and let them know that everybody understands their grief."

Mitch Sherman ESPN Staff Writer 

Mike Riley: "I'm just so thankful I got to coach Sam Foltz for one year... This, I know, will rock everybody in Nebraska hard."

Mitch Sherman ESPN Staff Writer 

Nebraska coach Mike Riley will momentarily address the death of Sam Foltz inside the north entrance to Memorial Stadium, steps from the statue that memorializes fallen former Nebraska quarterback Brook Berringer, who died in a plane crash 20 years ago this April. Flowers have been placed at the foot of the statue to honor Foltz.

Mitch Sherman ESPN Staff Writer 

Nebraska coach Mike Riley is planning to speak with the media shortly after 8 p.m. CT. He is currently meeting with the Cornhuskers as they grieve the death Saturday night of punter Sam Foltz.